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sinew

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noun sin·ew \ˈsin-(ˌ)yü also ˈsi-(ˌ)nü\

Definition of sinew

  1. 1 :  tendon; especially :  one dressed for use as a cord or thread

  2. 2 obsolete :  nerve

  3. 3a :  solid resilient strength :  power <astonishing intellectual sinew and clarity — Reynolds Price>b :  the chief supporting force :  mainstay —usually used in plural <providing the sinews of better living — Samuel Pollock>

Examples of sinew in a sentence

  1. cutting through bone and sinew

  2. <the justices displayed great intellectual depth and sinew in writing their opinion on this case>

Did You Know?

Many parts of the body have come to have figurative meanings in English. One can have an eye for interior design, for example, or the stomach for a fight. "Muscle," of course, can mean "strength," and so can "sinew," a word for the tissue that ties muscle to bone - more commonly known as a tendon. (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.) The use of "sinew" to mean "the chief supporting force" ties into its anatomical function as a stabilizing unit. Sinew derives via Middle English from Old English "seono"; it is also related to Old High German senawa ("sinew") and Sanskrit "syati" ("he binds").

Origin and Etymology of sinew

Middle English sinewe, from Old English seono; akin to Old High German senawa sinew, Sanskrit syati he binds


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sinew

transitive verb sin·ew

Definition of sinew

  1. :  to strengthen as if with sinews

Circa 1614

First Known Use of sinew

circa 1614


SINEW Defined for English Language Learners

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sinew

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noun sin·ew \ˈsin-(ˌ)yü also ˈsi-(ˌ)nü\

Definition of sinew for English Language Learners

  • : strong tissue that connects muscles to bones


SINEW Defined for Kids

sinew

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noun sin·ew \ˈsin-yü\

Definition of sinew for Students

  1. :  tendon


Medical Dictionary

sinew

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noun sin·ew \ˈsin-(ˌ)yü, -yə(-w) also ˈsin-(ˌ)ü\

Medical Definition of sinew

  1. :  tendon



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